LOS ANGELES, September 17, 2020 – Effective immediately, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region will open a second evacuation point at Palmdale High School (2137 E Ave R, Palmdale, CA 93550) as the Bobcat Fire moves into the Antelope Valley and is affecting homes and communities there. Anyone looking for refuge is welcome at the evacuation point, which is open 24 hours a day.
The first evacuation point at Santa Anita Park is now closed and anyone still needing assistance can call the Disaster Distress Hotline at 800-675-5799. The Red Cross is committed to helping all those affected by the Bobcat Fire and evacuation orders.
SEE: Photos from the Santa Anita Park evacuation point (Flickr)
Those affected by the Bobcat Fire are asked to check in at the evacuation point first, so the Red Cross can assess needs and present lodging options. Volunteers provide snacks, water and COVID-19 safety resources, while following Department of Public Health and CDC COVID-19 safety protocols. Red Cross volunteers maintain social distancing, follow sanitizing routines and provide health checks.
To date, the Red Cross has helped more than 40 people affected by the Bobcat Fire, providing each person with overnight hotel accommodations, meals and resources to help get back on their feet and address the evacuation.
Red Cross LA works closely with local emergency management teams and our partners to coordinate relief efforts. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and ready to assist in aspects such as providing shelter, meals, disaster assessment, resources and more.
Please follow @RedCrossLA on Twitter for the latest updates. Visit redcross.org/wildfire for information on how to prepare for, respond to and recover from wildfires.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/la or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.